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Job listing closed on 16 Nov 2023
25 Oct 2023

Head Athletic Trainer - Utah Royals

🇺🇸 Herriman, UT, USA
Full Time
3+ years exp.

The Utah Royals FC, Real Salt Lake (RSL), and RSL Training Academy are dedicated to the growth and success of soccer in Utah. The Utah Royals FC is committed to empowerment, while RSL represents the state with pride and fosters a winning culture. The RSL Training Academy nurtures young athletes and instills values of discipline and teamwork. Together, they are committed to inspiring the soccer culture of Utah and creating lasting impressions one winning experience at a time.


The Head Athletic Trainer will manage the day-to-day sports medicine operations for the NWSL Team. In this capacity, the Head Athletic Trainer will provide injury prevention strategies, and evaluate, treat, and rehabilitate Players’ medical problems. The performance of duties will be under the direction and supervision of the Team’s Chief Medical Officer/Team Physician(s). The Head Athletic Trainer will work closely with the Head Coach and Sporting Director and communicate daily as needed. A year-round employee, the Head Athletic Trainer, will attend all training, scrimmages, and Home and Away Games.


Working in collaboration with the Team Medical Staff and under the direction and supervision of the Team CMO/Team Physician(s):

  • Manages the healthcare of players including, but not limited to, first aid/emergency care, on-site injury evaluation, application of appropriate modalities, development and implementation of rehabilitation and prevention programs, and scheduling of medical referrals.
  • Monitors any changes in the mental, psychological, and physical health of the players through daily interactions and discusses with/refers to appropriate team medical staff as indicated.
  • Consult with players regarding dietary needs, and nutritional supplements, maintain a familiarity with WADA/FIFA banned substances and, and refer to CMO/PCSM Team Physician/RD as indicated.
  • Electronically documents accurate first report of injury, physician diagnosis, player assessments, player treatments, and return to play dates.
  • Supervises Assistant Athletic Trainer(s), Medical Interns, and volunteers.
  • Complies with OSHA standards regarding blood-borne pathogens.
  • Orders, maintains, and inventories supplies and clinical equipment.
  • Keeps athletic training room and other clinic areas safe, clean, and organized.
  • Maintains a complete and up-to-date roster of player health and participation records in the League’s Electronic Medical Record (EMR) system.
  • Initiates insurance/Workers’ Compensation claims for players.
  • Under the direction of the Team CMO/Team Physicians, assist with the organization and maintenance of pharmaceutical inventory and records.
  • Organizes physical examinations as required by League regulations.
  • Holds professional liability insurance.
  • Compiles reports as required by the League.
  • Complies with all League medical policies and protocols.
  • Abides by all local, state, and federal laws and regulations specific to their profession, codes, and standards of their governing bodies, must follow all applicable League Rules and Team policies (e.g., informed consent, medication management, etc.).
  • Attends all activities/meetings/programs as required by the League.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Minimum three (3) years experience working as an Athletic Trainer since passing BOC
  • Minimum three (3) years experience caring for elite-level athletes (i.e., collegiate, professional, Olympic)
  • Experience working in a fast-paced, high-demand environment with competitive athletes
  • Sound knowledge of current injury prevention strategies, screening/profiling, and treatment techniques
  • Proficiency in advanced rehabilitation skills (i.e.: Graston, Active Release Technique, Dry Needling, Blood Flow Restriction Training, manual therapy, joint mobilizations, etc)
  • High-level interpersonal skills are required to work effectively with Players, Team Medical Staff, Coaches, other Team personnel, and League staff.
  • Ability to work calmly and under pressure alongside other team members.
  • Must be able to work nights, weekends, and holidays as required to attend home and away games.
  • Ability to pass a background check and become Safe Sport certified.


  • Minimum four (4) year college/university bachelor’s degree (Athletic Training degree preferred)
  • Master’s degree or higher in related health care field (Athletic Training degree preferred)
  • Soccer experience preferred.
  • Physical Therapy Degree highly desirable (DPT)
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), Performance Enhancement Specialist (NASM-PES), and/or Corrective Exercise Specializations (NASM-CES)
  • Spanish-bilingual


  • Physical Therapy Degree highly desirable (DPT)
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), Performance Enhancement Specialist (NASM-PES), and/or Corrective Exercise Specializations (NASM-CES)


The job requires regularly lifting/pushing up to 50 pounds, occasionally lifting/pushing/exerting heavy force up to the full weight of the athlete (i.e. assisting with lifting a stretcher or helping the athlete up off the ground). The job involves standing, stooping, bending, lifting, pushing, typing, etc.

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We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request an accommodation.

Note: The need may arise to revise, supplement, or rescind portions of this job description, and RSL reserves the right to do so at any time. Employees shall be required to meet the qualifications and perform the duties of any revised job description.